Mary Filice - Columbia College Chicago

Mary Filice

Associate Professor


Mary Filice is an Associate Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Business and Entrepreneurship. She teaches courses on events management, leadership, and entrepreneurship for the creative economy; is an advocate of a global trans-disciplinary approach to the arts, media, and business; and investigates how immersive performances can increase cultural empathy and create change. Her publications include The Zacek Tapes: Reflections About Theater, Community, and Leadership (2016) and From Mainstage to Movies to Media: Sustaining the Live and Performing Arts Through Artistic Convergence and the Balaban and Katz Philosophy of Continuous Performance (2012). Internationally, she has been a visiting professor at universities in Norway and China and lectures on leadership for the creative economy, experiential pedagogy for arts and cultural management, and the impact of artistic convergence. A former senior vice president of a privately held group of financial advisory and investment companies, Filice's consulting business advises organizations on the development of high-performing teams, effective organizational structures, and leadership. An award-winning filmmaker, her work has aired on PBS, cable television, and has screened at festivals around the world. She is a member of the advisory board of Shattered Globe Theatre Chicago, possesses a BA in Theater, MA in Film and Video, a certificate in New Media Management from USC’s Marshall School of Business and completed the Harvard University Graduate School of Education’s Management Development Program.

Instructional Areas

Leadership, events management, and entrepreneurship in the creative sector

Creative Practice and Research Interests

The impact of immersive performances to create change; the role of the arts manager in transforming a multicultural environment into an intercultural community; improvisation and leadership.